I hate blaming refs for losses, but since we won let's have at it! LOL
The refs were terrible, played to crowd at times as well as blew several crucial calls that swung momentum Nebraska's way. I don't think there was any sort of pre-determined bias, but that crew really needs to be looked at.
All of that being said, this group of guys overcame so much in this game, including their own offensive futility for the better part of 2 1/2 quarters, and still delivered the fifth-straight loss to Little Red. That was a program win.
This season will be somewhat disappointing for not winning the West, but 9-3 was my bare-minimum expectation for this season if they couldn't get to Indy and they've reached that goal. 10 wins is very nice and hopefully this group can deliver in San Diego or wherever they go.
Toussaint needs to be starting sooner rather than later, growing pains be damned. Nice to see J-Bo hit some open looks, but you can see the hip slowing him down. He's a warrior, but should redshirt IMO so he can go out on his own terms. I think he deserves that much. Any win this season is a nice win for this team, they'll need all the confidence they can get right now going into the meat of this non-conf schedule, but if Nunge can hit that mid-range jumper with any sort of consistency it'll start to really open things up for Frederick and J-Weezy. With about 1000 people at Carver tonight, it would've been easy for the Hawks to give a 75%-ish performance, but I thought there was actually some urgency there after the slow start. Great to see.
I see what you're saying and totally understand. I agree, as the article mentions, the polls are a farce. I disagree with the notion that a loss this past weekend "should ruin our resume," especially since this is supposed to be the best ISU team ever. Under that logic, we once again have everything to lose and nothing to gain from surviving last Saturday and so why not play UNI every year? It's an easier win, the win registers nothing nationally and the risk of loss is far less.
Maybe I'm putting a little too much into the polls thing, but even looking around at national college football columns from this past weekend and I see tweets about how laughable football in the state of Iowa is (the muffed punt) and mentions of how "cursed ISU is." and really not a lot about Iowa getting a quality win, the best of the B1G thus far. This victory just didn't seem to resonate with many people nationally and it's a shame because Gameday was in Ames, undoubtedly most of the football audience watched it at some point, and it really was a gritty, hard-earned victory over a good team. This ISU team is probably the best we've seen, but If this is as good as it gets for Iowa by beating ISU, then just schedule another cupcake each year. Why take the risk with limited reward outside of a massive trophy?
We should not be playing Iowa State every year, it's plain and simple. Let's not forget that blowing them out 42-3 in 2016 actually dropped Iowa in the polls, so I think there's also a constant narrative that Iowa doesn't ever play anyone in the non-conference. Playing a better opponent in the non-conference would not only benefit the immediate season, but the program as a whole. They can go into a kid's living room and say, "you also get a chance to play in Dallas against ______, or in an SEC stadium against ______."
The argument that makes no sense to me is how "the Cy-Hawk game is great for the state so who would want to get rid of it?" ISU beating Iowa every other year and making this series more competitive would prob be great for the state too, but I'm not in the business of using the football program as the driving force for a nice week for the state. I want to play and beat good, respected teams and have this program taken more seriously by those outside of the Big Ten footprint.
The biggest problem with playing ISU each year is not the minor bump Iowa gets from a win, it's the complete destruction to its resume and national perception from a loss.
That's a healthy approach and the correct one, until the ball is tipped and my desperation for this program to win anything of note takes over and I'll be back on here Thu. night waxing poetic on the dumpster fire we'll have witnessed in Chicago.
Word to the wise, until Fran is gone or they prove otherwise, DO NOT buy and/or plan trips to any road basketball games post February. Was at Nebraska yesterday and will be in Chicago all weekend, two trips planned back in Jan. and both are feeling more and more like chores. All that's left is to see how will this team flame out Thursday.
At least it'll be St. Patty's Day weekend...whatever.
That is an excellent point and simply making the NCAAs should stay in 2014 when it was a valid goal. This program has to get to the second weekend of the Big Dance at some point soon. I'm sick and tired of watching lesser programs make a run to at least the Sweet 16 while we just spin our wheels, get whipped by a 2 seed then miss the tourney every 3 years. I mean, it's been 20 years now and that Iowa-Arkansas youtube highlight is getting tiresome. Ridiculous.
2 more quad 1 losses (at Wisc and Nebby) doesn’t do much considerable damage to their net and a loss in Chicago would drop them another seed line. Not saying they’re in good shape the way they’re playing but realistically they’re safely in the NCAA field. I don’t suggest losing out to test it, but thank heavens for the weak bubble. Their 4 Quad 1 wins separate Iowa from the real bubble teams.
Wow this thread is a bleep show. Any talk of this team missing the Big Dance is ridiculous. They could lose out, lose Thu in Chicago and they’ll still be in. By every metric and bracket out there they are well within the field of 68, thanks to primarily a weak-ass bubble this season.
As for the on-Court play, this team looks like they will indeed lose out the rest of the way. But c’mon, this is an NCAA Tourney team from the numbers no matter what and that’s all that really matters at this point. Let’s at least be realistic.
I Live in NYC (ironically will be back home in Midwest for the holidays so unable to attend game) and for those heading east, if there is one tourist attraction you can make, I highly suggest going to the top of the new WTC. The views are absolutely stunning and the bar/restaurant at the top is top-notch. The 9/11 museum is a must-see as well. As much as we all wanted Nashville for #reasons, NYC is fantastic around the holidays. The city is pricey of course but if you can go, I agree with Adam, go go go.
Like a plastic bag floating in the wind, I cannot stop watching Cowboy Joe dance. I'm trying to but cannot resist. . .
Fine, I'll be THAT guy...*Iowa and Clemson were the two undefeated teams heading into Championship Weekend in 2015. Alabama had a loss to Ole Miss I believe.
Again though, 1-loss Wisconsin will be ranked accordingly next Tuesday so all of this will soon be moot.